The Occupation in Figures
Nagorno-Karabakh: 1988-1992, territory 4400 km2; Shusha: may 08, 1992, territory 289 km2; Lachin: may 18, 1992, territory 1840 km2; Kalbajar: april 2, 1993, territory 3054 km2; Aghdam: july 23, 1993, territory 1150 km2; Fizuli: august 23, 1993, territory 1390 km2; Jabrayil: august 23, 1993, territory 1050 km2; Gubadli: august 31, 1993, territory 802 km2; Zangilan: october 29, 1993, territory 707 km2.

Germany for intensifying Karabakh talks within Minsk Group format

Germany for intensifying Karabakh talks within Minsk Group format



Germany is for intensifying the talks on resolving the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the OSCE Minsk Group format, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany’s federal minister for foreign affairs said in an interview with Interfax.

He made the remarks on the occasion of Germany’s presidency of OSCE.

The minister said he wouldn’t like to accept the fact that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is called a frozen one, adding that armed clashes along the contact line of Armenian and Azerbaijani armies cause concern.

Creating a mechanism for clarifying the circumstances of ceasefire violations would be an important step here, according to Steinmeier.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.